Johny Hendricks and Kelvin Gastelum are set to tango in the undercard of the upcoming UFC 200 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which is set to go down on July 9, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
And when the two heavy-hitters collide in the center of the Octagon, it will be familiar territory for them, as the welterweight contenders have shared some cage time with one another during previous sparring sessions.
To hear "Bigg Rigg" tell it, things didn’t go too well for the former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) winner in practice, which gives him the confidence he’ll prove victorious come fight night.
He breaks it down to Submission Radio:
"He likes to move forward. That’s something that I can definitely use against him. And the way that he throws punches – I’m not gonna get into too much of the details because some of it is my gameplan – but the way that he does certain things, I have figured out, I’ve watched the footage and I think I’ve figured out how to use that against him. And I really, really hope that he is gonna fight that way, but I’ve also prepared for a guy who knows that I can hit hard, that knows that he’s sparred me before and it didn’t go well. So what I’m thinking is that he might do a little bit of both, where he’s going to try to come out and see if he can set up himself to be a forward fighter and come forward. And once I do what I’m supposed to do and once I do all that, then he will turn into a guy that might try to throw a couple of punches and run."
What happens in the gym hardly stays in the gym anymore.
The 170-pound showdown is a pivotal one for both men, as they each need a win in the worst way after suffering crucial losses in their respective previous outings.